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  • April Lewis
    For many years as a high school teacher, I worked with students who did the best that they could with what their life experiences had dealt them, with students who struggled to achieve their full potential. Many of these students had been labelled as troublemakers who impeded the progress of others in the classroom and therefore needed to be (and were) punished for not conforming or behaving. I felt some frustration that in schools, because time and resources are limited, I was not able to help such students as much as I would have...
  • Nigel Bailey
    I have always been fascinated by human psychology and behaviour. I worked in the creative industry for many years where this was regularly interpreted and applied from a very particular perspective. Increasingly, I found my attention turning towards a more human-centred and empathic interpretation of human needs, in alignment with my sustainable design objectives. From this, direct engagement as a therapist became the logical conclusion. I returned to university as a (very) mature student and have never looked back....
  • Naomi Palmer
    I have always been interested in how humans make sense of their lives and their emotional pain. I studied psychology in my first degree at university, and this confirmed for me that I wanted to work with people in a therapeutic way, to bring healing and change....
  • Dee Hardy
    A healthy curiosity of human behaviour, not 'why' but how someone comes to be who they are and what manifests due to life experiences. I like people - prior to my formal qualifications, I have been mentoring, guiding, counselling individuals for over 25 years - a natural and intuitive instinct to create a safe and trusting platform for individuals to find their pathway and to help them find their 'empowerment'....
  • Joshua Comyn
    I have always been fascinated by the human mind, and it was through theatre, literature and philosophy that I originally pursued this interest. My own journey of self-discovery and healing led me to undertake my own personal therapy (an essential experience for anyone interested in becoming a therapist ). Through this, together with some very important mentoring relationships, led me to undertake studies, and finally, a profession in psychotherapy....
  • Bronwyn Davies Glover
    I arrived into the world of psychotherapy and counselling through a long history as an artist in social work, youth work, community engagement, violence prevention, harm reduction, trauma work and arts education. For over ten years I used the mediums of art, movement and drama to develop workshops, performances, trainings, counselling programs, festivals, and conferences innovating new approaches toward healing and growth. I worked with diverse communities, schools, community centres, theatres, families, youth, women, young men,...
  • Michael Booth
    My own experience of trauma and chronic pain and how inadequately they are treated in Australia set me on the path to discovering which approaches are effective. Having found what can work, I was highly motivated to share these with others....
  • Gabby Skelsey
    An interest in the resilience of peoples' coping styles and a desire to learn how they have developed over their lifetime....
  • Nicolle Griffin
    I can remember the exact day I decided I wanted to become a psychologist. I was 13 years old and in Year 8 at high school, sitting in homeroom (i.e. roll call) with one of my friends. I don’t recall exactly which national or international situation we were perplexed by, but to our early adolescent minds, something so extraordinary and bizarre had happened that we both decided to dedicate our lives to finding out the ‘why’ – why do people do the things that they do? Why do people do things that don’t seem to make logical...
  • Sarah Bergman
    I have always been interested in talking with and getting to know people. I am very curious about myself and others. What makes us unhappy and happy? How do our relationships with ourselves and others affect us? From a young teenager I decided that I would work in the field of Social Work and have done so since the mid 1990's. Previously I have worked for RAPT an organisation in conjunction with The Department of Family Services with at risk youth; The Smith Family as an Edu-cate officer working with families; Community Corrections...
  • Shaun McMahon
    I had a rough start to life, which ignited a burning desire to answer a simple question: why do people do what they do? As early as my teens I developed an interest in psychology and self-development, which steadily evolved into a dream to become a psychotherapist. While the Enneagram has gone a long way in providing answers to that initial question, I am still driven by a curiosity to learn about people and to offer them understanding, rather than answers or quick fixes. ...
  • Helen Basili
    Social justice has always been very important to me and counselling was a way of enacting these values....
  • Sirini Kularatne-Samarapathi
    I have had an interest from a very young age to connect with people - to be present in their difficulties, to sit with their uncomfortable emotions. I guess that was what eventually got transpired in me becoming a professional counsellor. My Buddhist practises of compassion, loving kindness, meditation and mindful awareness practices paved the way for my internal development and my profession to be part and parcel of the same....
  • Peter Howie
    I found people so interesting and then I found that following that interest turned out to be a form of therapy as well. I was exploring myself through psychodrama groups when I realised that I wanted to understand how psychodrama worked and what this meant about myself and others. Once I had done lots of training, I began to work with people. Simple really. Then I continued to train and learn and understand other ways to work with folks, and other ways that folks learned, and began to apply these as well....
  • Robin Wilkinson
    Like many therapists, I've come into my profession because of my own healing journey. But I've always been a space holder for people. I'm the one people turn to when they need to discuss something or emotionally process. I'm calm, non-judgemental and a good listener. I've also been fascinated by psychology, consciousness and human potential for many years. When I was a shiatsu therapist, my favourite part was post-treatment, when clients were feeling relaxed and expansive and would start talking about what was going on for them...
  • Dana Mitrovic
    I had always had a strong interest in understanding people. Not just from a perspective of what makes us struggle, but mostly to understand what makes us each unique. I found that developing my knowledge about the human mind, development and the way which our experiences shape us was immeasurably helpful in understanding myself and those around me. The relationship which you have in therapy is the most unique, which you will ever have the opportunity to develop. Every person has a path and a journey, and it is an absolute privilege...
  • Elaine Ford
    I have always enjoyed helping people find meaning in their lives. During my hospital training as a student nurse, I met many people who faced significant health challenges or struggled to adjust to their condition. I wanted to learn more to be of greater help to them, which led me to the counselling roles....
  • Sara Wulf
    I feel that it is my purpose in life. I grew up with deaf parents, so I understand the value of being able to listen. I cherish the ability to be able to hear someone's story and be there for them. I want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. It is important to me that people feel heard because everyone has a story. Most importantly, I have also had my own battles with depression and anxiety throughout my life. I have been to those dark and terrifying places in your mind where you feel like you can't escape and how hard it is to...
  • Corina Johns
    It's the only thing I've wanted to do since the age of about 15 when the idea first came to me. I've always had a gift for listening to and helping people, and genuinely love getting to know and understand others. Being a part of a positive change in someone's life is incredibly rewarding, and I would never want to do anything else....
  • Elizabeth Fairbanks
    I have a deep passion and curiosity about human healing, transformation and growth. Like many, I have asked countless questions about why the world is in the state we find it, and the answers I have found lie in psychology; particularly the psychology of Buddhism and of trauma. Therapy is something I feel comes naturally to me, and I have always been psychologically minded. I have been in therapy myself for over twelve years, I find great meaning and fulfillment in exploring my own truth, and helping others to do the same. ...
  • George Turnure
    I have always been curious about human behaviour, what makes people the way they are, the things they do. I have always been interested in ‘others’ experiences, what they liked and disliked, why they did something; e.g., why go to all the effort of writing a film or a piece of music. Were they intending to express something specific or did it just come out automatically (or both). I would ask questions, listen and try to see the world from their point of view. This was a way for me to have another experience myself....
  • Tanya Robinson
    My experiences and childhood in Africa shaped my passion to help others and to work in the helping profession. I am an African-Australian mental health entrepreneurial woman. I aspire to take on every day with Passion, focussing on how to facilitate a sense of humble Humanity amongst people, and provide a sense of heritage in teaching “Ubuntu” (A person is a person through other people. I am because you are.) I promote a message of empowerment to promote dignity. I have worked in some of the most perilous communities in...
  • Johanna Waugh
    It was actually my therapist that mentioned to me that I would make a good therapist, since I have the ability to understand people and empathise with them. I am also easy to talk to and approach....
  • Sarah Kane Lawson
    I have always reached out to those around me in need of help. In my 20s I realized I myself needed help and this was the start of a wonderful journey of self-discovery and healing. I now look back on this with deep gratitude and feel called to help others as I have been. I believe that exploring and uncovering what is really going on for someone and helping them discovering the true wonder of themselves is precious. I feel blessed to work with people in this way. Everyone deserves to feel inner peace and a sense of...
  • Sue Hawkins
    I wanted people to be really listened to and to learn how to empower themselves through changing their thinking, their situation, their actions and learning how to communicate well to maximize their relationships. ...
  • Jonathan Tandos
    Most of my life people have been coming to me to share their stories and issues. In my first experience as a client in counselling I felt inspired and began to consider whether I wanted to be a therapist myself. When I first started studying psychology it fit me, which was in stark contrast to what previous studies felt like. It feels like its genuinely me. People fascinate me and my curiosity and empathy in the work has not diminished in almost two decades. As a creative person, dealing with the complexities of people has...
  • Tessa Ipp
    I was going through some issues of my own in my 20's. A good friend suggested I see a wise and insightful Clinical Social Worker, Bev. She had such a profound impact on my life that I decided to change professions. I enrolled to study Social Work at Sydney University and began volunteering as phone counsellor. My field placement with Relationships Australia was another important influence as was meeting a gifted body-mind psychotherapist in 1999. This lead me to study a more holistic approach to psychotherapy involving the...
  • Rina Taub
    I was always attracted to the idea of working with people and had a belief that expressing yourself and exploring problems was useful (I suspect my mother's kitchen table conversations with my friends played a part). My cultural heritage and knowledge about how people hold on to values in the face of hard times and the importance of noticing and speaking about what sustains you and what you appreciate was also something I grew up surrounded by. When I was in year 10 I had to write a psychology report on a character from the novel we...
  • Dian Abdurachman
    -My own soul-searching has led to long life exploration of inner and outer life. -I am fascinated by the vastness of the psyche. -Psychotherapy is the skill I have to share my contribution to the humanity. My hope is to provide a space so that others could feel save in finding what is needed in themselves. ...
  • Donald Marmara
    I was motivated to train as a somatic psychotherapist following my own experience of anxiety and depression, and the frustration I felt with my lack of success in overcoming them via limited methods of counselling and psychotherapy. My search for healing led me to London, where I discovered a form of psychotherapy called somatic psychotherapy, or body psychotherapy, and by having individual sessions myself I was able to transform my life....
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